Welcome, fellow IDP fantasy owners to my newest weekly article. For those of you reading this for the first time, each week I am going to recap the top performances of a handful of rookies. We will look at how they did the past week. What it means going forward and, most importantly, the impact in the fantasy world. I hope this will help your fantasy rosters. Let’s jump right into this week’s write up.
LB, Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas Cowboys For the second week in a row, the Cowboys rookie linebacker leads the way. And for the second week in a row, he’s had an interception. Now that he’s taken over the starting role he’s showcasing that star power play. He added eight more tackles and three pass deflections to go along with the pick. You can expect this high level of play to continue as long as he’s a starter.
OLB, Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos If you’re looking for a player on a hot streak then Mr. Chubb is your guy. He’s had seven and a half sacks over the last five games. He’s excelling at what he does best, and that’s rushing the passer. Get him in your lineups and enjoy the rewards.
S, Derwin James, Los Angles Chargers James continues to be one of the most consistent rookies this season. He had seven tackles this past week. James has hit that mark for the eighth time in eleven games. He now has seventy-two on the season to go along with three and a half sacks and an interception. A premium player at a premium position.
S, Jessie Bates, Cincinnati Bengals My darkhorse for defensive rookie of the year, continues to produce at a high level and in another year he might just be the front-runner. He had yet another nine-tackle performance game and now has a total of seventy-seven tackles and three interceptions on the season. He’s had one hell of a rookie season and is a must-start in all formats.
DT, Maurice Hurst, Oakland Raiders The Raiders may not have much from the edges, but they sure have found one on the interior. Last week versus the Arizona Cardinals, Hurst had a career-best five tackles and one sack. It was the second week in a row he’s had a sack and now has four on the season. As his game reps have increased, so has his production. He’s quickly making teams regret not taking a chance and draft him, instead of passing him by for a medical condition, that is a non-issue so far.
DE, Sam Hubbard, Cincinnati Bengals Hubbard has been inconsistent most of the season, but the flashes of his star potential are there. This past Sunday versus the Baltimore Ravens, he had five tackles and one sack, the third time this season he’s reached those marks in a game. He has a total of twenty-eight tackles on the season to go with three sacks. They drafted him to be eventual starting defensive end of future. That will happen, but not before he becomes more consistent.
LB, Foyesade Oluokun, Atlanta Falcons With all the unfortunate injuries the Falcons have suffered, the rookie Oluokun has been a nice surprise. Last week against the Dallas Cowboys, he tied his career high in tackles with 10. He reached that same mark earlier in season in the game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the Falcons desperately miss star linebacker Deion Jones, Oluokun has filled in nicely. He now has fifty-two tackles on the season.
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